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Monsters vs Aliens: Team Monster: 02/24/10
Sean appears to be in "read the book first" camp. Rather than go see Monsters vs Aliens in the theater, Sean opted to first get one of the early readers inspired by the film. He chose Monsters vs. Aliens: Team Monster by Gail Herman.
At the time we got the book I wasn't even sure I wanted to see the film. What struck me first were the pictures, not screenshots but hand drawn illustrations with a delightfully 1950s retro feel which makes sense if you've seen the film.
The second thing that struck me was how much Sean and Harriet both loved the book. To me it seemed a bit disjointed as the book tosses out most of the extraneous plot elements to get the page count down to thirty-two pages with probably only a couple dozen words per page.
The final thing the book did for me was get me curious enough to want to rent the DVD. I ended up loving the film and will probably get a copy for our collection the next time I'm buying DVDs.